This is my first post so please forgive me if it is a bit haphazard.
My wife & I are planning to visit the United States in October 2017. We are from Australia and like many would-be tourists, we are planning a road trip. We will definitely be visiting NYC and San Fran but in the middle we would like to do a road trip to see some other places we might not normally plan to see.
A rough plan so far was to start the road trip in Kansas City or St. Louis (we love barbeque!) and work our way down to Austin. I would say we have approximately 12 days in total.
Can anyone provide us some advice on must see places along the way? The direct way there would involve KC --> OKC --> Fort Worth --> Austin but we'd be happy to detour if needed. Alternatively, are there other places in the South we should prioritise? The only real desire is to ensure we end in Austin as we want to spend a few days there. We'd love to catch a game of baseball or NFL along the way too. Also, are there any roads or cities in that direction that we should avoid due to safety?
Thanks in advance for your advice!